Company leaders around the world want their companies to be healthy and ultimately wealthy. What is often times overlooked is that a wealthy company begins with promoting a healthy lifestyle and healthy employees. As a leader in your company you have the chance to change lives. Promoting a healthy lifestyle can benefit both your employees and your business.
Here at Appletree, employees are provided with many healthy living options, both during work hours and personal hours. Our offices are located in buildings where they receive a great deal of natural sunlight. Offices that have been acquired by Appletree have been or will be moved into naturally lit environments. Along with natural sunlight, each employee station is setup with the very best Aeron chairs, foot pedestals, wrist guards, and the ability to turn into a standing desktop. Appletree also offers weekly deliveries of fruit, discounts on gym memberships, and yearly flu shots.
Every January Appletree Answers hosts a Biggest Loser competition. Employees are encouraged to lose weight by eating right and exercising while competing against Appletree owner, John Ratliff. Those who lose a higher percentage of weight than John win a usually hefty prize. Not only does this promote healthy living but also our core values – Spirited Fun, Employees are Critical, and Take Care of Each Other. Since beginning the Biggest Loser contest and yearly flu shots, Appletree has seen significant improvements in attendance.
Simple tips to promote a healthy lifestyle at work:
- Drink one glass of water per hour
- Take a break every hour to stand up and walk around
- Go for a walk on your lunch break
- Have occasional conversations with your coworkers – when allowed
- Bring your lunch, but don’t eat at your desk
Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, providing health insurance benefits to your full time and possibly even part time employees can be quite an expense to your bottom line. Encouraging a healthy lifestyle to your employees can help lower medical expenses as well as influence them to be happier and more productive. In turn, this can help your business grow successfully.
What does your company do to promote healthy living and spirited fun?